School of Social and Political Science

Enhancement-Led Institutional Reviews (ELIRs)


Enhancement-Led Institutional Review (ELIR) is the method by which the Quality Assurance Agency (Scotland) reviews universities and other higher education institutions in Scotland. Yearly meetings with the Quality Assurance Agency (QAAS) help support the University’s ongoing commitment to quality enhancement.


Institutional Review (ELIR) 2015

The University has received the highest possible judgement from the 2015 ELIR, an outcome of 'effectiveness' in the management of academic standards and enhancing quality. The review team identified many areas of positive practice where the University is doing particularly well - for example, the Edinburgh Award, and initiatives such as the Peer Assisted Learning Scheme (PALS) in which students 'buddy' or mentor other students. The review team have also identified some areas for development, and these are being taken forward by designated theme leads. Progress will be reported regularly to the Senate Quality Assurance Committee, and in March 2017, the University provided a 'year-on' report to the Quality Assurance Agency on its progress in addressing their recommendations.

Documents about that review and the previous ELIR in 2011 can be accessed here.

Next University review

The University website has details of the University's next ELIR, which was postponed from 2020 to 2021.